St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/31/14
Chicago Cubs (61-75) at St. Louis Cardinals (72-63)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Travis Wood (L) (8-11) (4.720) vs. John Lackey (R) (13-8) (3.774)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -165 / Chicago Cubs +155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-MW
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals finish their four-game series on Sunday.
The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last nine games and are still 14 games below .500. Despite allowing 13 runs in Saturday’s loss, the Cubs have allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.69, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve won nine straight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Luis Valbuena has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Travis Wood takes the mound, and he’s 8-11 with a 4.72 ERA and has 131 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. Wood is 5-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 14 career starts against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday and are nine games above .500. The Cardinals lack of offense has killed them, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Cards have lost nine of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Holliday has homered three times in his last four games and Kolten Wong has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.67, which is 15th in the majors. Starting is John Lackey, who is 13-8 with a 3.77 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 169.1 innings. This is Lackey’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 0-5 in Woods last 5 starts during game 4 of a series 7-22 in their last 29 during game 4 of a series overall. The Cardinals are 3-12 in their last 15 during game 4 of a series and 4-1 in Lackeys last 5 starts overall.
I'm not buying this much juice with the way the Cards have been playing the last month or so. Give me the Cubs and the value with Wood on the mound.